Wednesday, June 13, 2012

LOST ONES ? Part 1

The clamor for more Nigerian born players to be co-opted into the Super Eagles set up reached a crescendo when Ghana and Senegal successfully adopted foreign born players into their squads which yielded tremendous results and improvement in the overall quality of their play. combed Europe and other parts of the world for players with Nigerian blood who are eligible for any of our national teams. The list contains players who are either born in Nigeria, but bred abroad or have a Nigerian parent. In a four part special, brings you some of the talented Nigerian-born players abroad who can do the business for Nigeria at different levels.

Bernie Ibini-Isie (pix courtesy
(Born 12 September 1992, to Nigerian parents, in Rivers State, Nigeria). He emigrated to Australia with his parents when he was a kid. He grew up in the suburbs of Western Sydney, where his soccer skills attracted attention, he later joined up with a youth club and  was later signed on by the Central Coast Mariners youth team in 2009, and was promoted to the senior team, where he made his debut on 12 February 2010, against Wellington Phoenix in the A-League. He has been capped at various levels by Australia and is also an Olympic International. Bernie, who is 6’2 is strong in the air, and has a great control for a man his size. He can play in attack as well from the wings, and is touted as one of the brightest talents to come out of Australia. Nothing is actually known of his desire to represent Nigeria at International level, an inside source in Australia tells that he hasn’t closed the chapter on featuring for Nigeria.


Chinedu Ede ( pic courtesy
(Born 5 February 1987), Chinedu is of German and Nigerian parentage, he was born in Berlin, Germany, he began his career at Berlin Ak 07 and was later scouted by Hertha Berlin, he left after a couple of seasons to join MSV Duisburg, where he played before rejoining Hertha in 2011. Ede is a robust centre forward cum attacking midfielder who is comfortable on the ball and packs a good shot. He has represented Germany at Youth level and played at the UEFA U21 championship in 2009. He hasn’t shut the door close on Nigeria yet and its left to the NFF to take the necessary steps.

Carl Onora Ikeme ( pic courtesy
Carl Ikeme is an Anglo-Nigerian goalkeeper currently on the books of relegated premiership side Wolves, but on loan at Doncaster Rovers . Born on the  8th June 1986, he has had a nomadic journey in his football career spanning nine clubs. he is blessed with tremendous ball handling, he has not had the opportunity to play regular first team football. It is clear Vincent Enyeama needs more competition in the Super Eagles, Ikeme who is 6'2 can provide that needed competition.Despite his English birthplace, he has chosen to represent Nigeria at international level. He has been called up to the Super Eagles squad but has not yet made any appearances 

Funso Ojo in PSV strip.(pix courtesy www.
Funso Ojo is a Belgian -Nigerian who is currently registered with PSV Eindhoven in the dutch Eredivisie. but loaned to VVV Venlo. He is a defensive midfielder who can also play in central defence or at right back. Born  28 August 1991 in Antwerp,  Belgium. Funso has played fro Belgium at school boy and U21 level, still eligible to play for Nigeria can come through the age grade teams as he has the potential to be a star in the near future


  1. just a few of the guys that can represent Nigeria, there is more and will come in subsequent blog posts

  2. Thumbs up! I really love your blog and this is an interesting post... They all deserve a Super Eagles call up and I'm hoping they will be sooon...
    Keep it up!

  3. Nigerian Football team has finest players in the world -